The thread about the Tallaght Garda station one had a few posts about Dubs who were forced to the outlying counties and beyond by the cost of housing.
It got me wondering- why is north country Dublin so sparsely built on?
I know there are zoning laws and what have you, but why was the land never zoned and built on, particularly during the boom? Farming is a tough, largely subsidised business. I'd wager the vast majority of Dublin farmers would like nothing more to sell up for a fortune.
Just looking at a map, by my reckoning you could house 100,000 people, in what, 30,000 homes, in the rural lands between the Corduff/ Tyrellstown part of Blanch and the airport.
Another largely rural spot to the left of Swords and north of the airport could house perhaps 150,000.
North East of Swords looks to be maybe 3 or 4 times the size of the Blanchardstown area. A potential 400,000 people housed.
The population of Meath has nearly doubled, and grown by over 100,000, since 1996.
Kildare has also grown by over 100,000 in the same period.
Louth up by 40,000.
Yet North County Dublin has, from my view of it, room for 750,000 people. More if we build more flats.
You can bet that the majority of Dubs resident in Meath and Kildare were born and brought up in North and West Dublin but found the prices too expensive. You can also bet the vast majority of people in these counties born elsewhere in the state were attracted to the Dublin area for work and would probably prefer to live within a shorter distance of the place. What is, and was, the sense of putting these people in estates in the hinterland that, while having good road and rail access, don't have a fraction of the bus service that those within the Dublin Bus service area do?